Josette's portrait is first seen hanging over the mantel in the parlor of the Old House in Episode 70 when David leads Vicki there to show it to her. He tells her that Josette's spirit is condemned to stay in the Old House until a third girl dies on the rocks below Widows' Hill, and suggests Vicki may be the third girl. Once they leave the Old House, Josette's ghost emerges from the portrait and dances on the porch, thereby becoming Dark Shadows' first real evidence of the supernatural. David often communicates with her through the portrait, usually to ask advice or inquire about unsolved mysteries. She seems to be especially protective of David and Vicki.
Josette emerged from her portrait again in Episode 102 after David asked her about the death of Bill Malloy. While Matthew Morgan was holding Vicki captive in the secret room of the Old House, her portrait would often glow, and she spoke for the first time to Matthew in Episode 122. Her ghost steps out of her portrait to save Vicki from being ax murdered by Matthew Morgan in Episode 126. In Episode 212, Barnabas speaks to her portrait claiming the house as his and saying her power is ended.
In 1795, the portrait is shown hanging above the mantel in her room by mistake in Episode 374, as it does not arrive from France until Episode 402. Barnabas hangs her portrait over the mantel in the parlor in Episode 405, despite being married to Angelique, who transforms her image in the portrait to a zombie. In Episode 430, Barnabas calls Josette from the grave through her portrait, which he ends up regretting.
|Josette's portrait is featured during the end credits in Episode 699.|
|In 1897, Rachel Drummond views the portrait of Josette during Episode 715.|
|Josette's portrait is featured once again during end credits in Episode 724.|
|In 1840, Barnabas says goodbye to Josette and takes her portrait down in Episode 1113.|
|In Episode 1113, a noose frames Josette as Quentin readies himself to return to dear dead Daphne.|
Barnabas commissioned Sam to paint his portrait for $1,000 in Episode 222. Sam worked in the evenings painting it at the Old House, but when nearly complete, took it home to finish, and delivered it to Barnabas in Episode 255, who placed it over the mantel where Josette's portrait once hung.
|Barnabas' portrait is complete and placed over the mantel at the Old House in Episode 255.|
|Barnabas' portrait hangs askew in Episode 1064 during Barnabas and Julia's trek to 1995.|
|Barnabas frets over the destruction of Collinwood and how to save Julia in Episode 1113.|
It seemed safe to call this unidentified ancestor Mr. Collins, whose portrait is first seen in Episode 367 hanging above the mantel in the parlor in 1795. I'm guessing that it's Jeremiah, Joshua and Abigail's daddy. It was replaced by Josette's portrait in Episode 405, and then returned after Barnabas moved her portrait to her bedroom. Angelique's portrait materialized over it in Episode 449, and even stole the frame!
Angelique's portrait materialized over the portrait of Mr. Collins in Episode 449. Bathia Mapes holds up Angelique's ribbon in front of her portrait in Episode 451, causing the portrait to fade in and out, in an unsuccessful attempt to dispel the curse Angelique placed on Barnabas.
|Angelique takes Mr. Collins' frame in Episode 449.|
In Episode 463, Vicki buys the portrait, which Barnabas unsuccessfully attempts to destroy, as it seems as indestructible as Angelique. Roger becomes possessed by the portrait and finds himself acting against his own will. It's reappearance now makes it technically a Collinwood portrait, but I've decided to add information here for simplicity's sake.
In Episode 499, Sam Evans alters the portrait to age Angelique at the request of Barnabas Collins. You can find more information about this event on the Works of Sam Evans page.
In Episode 521, Joshua reveals that he found the portrait in a locked closet, which no longer depicts crusty, old Angelique, but is faded, presumably because she had been exorcised by Trask. Nicholas Blair attempts to communicate with her through the portrait to determine where she was exorcised. After he finds her ashes and restores her, the painting resumes its original condition in Episode 527.
After Angelique disobeys Nicholas Blair and tries to kill Adam, he removes her powers, making her human, and in Episode 547, the portrait changes, as Angelique becomes an old crone once more.
When Angelique appears to die from her advanced age in Episode 548, she is no longer visible in the portrait, which looks decayed.
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In Episode 739, Barnabas locates a portrait of Jeremiah's first wife in an old trunk of his. In Episode 740, he tells Magda of how he watched her pose for the portrait in the drawing room at the Old House when he was a boy.
Stay tuned for updates on portraits from the Old House, as we make our way through the series.